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The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared | [Jonas Jonasson]

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin: his one-hundredth birthday party. Escaping through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several deaths, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent but very human police.
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Publisher's Summary

Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin: his 100th birthday party. Escaping through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several deaths, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent but very human police. As his escapades unfold, Allan's earlier life is revealed, and we discover that he played a key role behind the scenes in some of the momentous events of the 20th century.

This ‘imaginative, laugh-out-loud bestseller’ (Daily Telegraph) has sold more than two million printed copies.

©2009 Jonas Jonasson (P)2012 Strathmore Publishing Ltd

What the Critics Say

“Like Forrest Gump, Allan is an innocent with the knack of being in the right place at the right time. He has had a hand in everything from the Russian revolution to Reagan's Star Wars. Like Allan, the plot is pleasingly nimble and the book's endearing charm offers a happy alternative to the more familiar Nordic noir.” (The Guardian)

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  • Nay
    Horley, United Kingdom
    4/14/13
    Overall
    "Love this !"

    This is a lovely book, it actually made me laugh out loud on a few occasions, the old man is portrayed brilliantly. I loved the way it keeps skipping back into his past. This is a very easy book, to listen to, I wanted to keep hearing the next bit... ...Well worth a read, :) the title and opening few lines will grip you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Le P
    GUERNSEY, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "Hilarious !"

    If you haven't read this yet - put it on your list. Who would have thought a 100 year old had the zest for one more adventure? A number of famous people pop into the story that make it quite entertaining. Superbly hilarious!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hamidreza
    LEISCESTER, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "Unbelievably good"

    Honestly, I did not expect this book to be so good! Excellent! You feel as if you know all these people and the casual way he describes his encounters with world leaders and the essence of their personalities are beautiful.

    He has some stereotypical views against some parts of the world, but I am not sure if I can blame the writer as the initial aim might have been to write a funny book about all people who look innocent on their face but are not in their mind.



    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matt
    Derby, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "Not my usual choice, but excellent"

    This book was recommended to me, I wouldn't have usually chosen to read it. But I was totally hooked, great story. The characters develop and the plot is full of intrigue and humour.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Royall
    Ashtead, Surrey United Kingdom
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "A very pleasant read"

    I've been struggling to get through some of my recent audible purchases. Is it me or the books? I can't answer that but I would say that this one easily kept me engaged all the way through.

    Our main character is undoubtedly walking in Forrest Gump's steps (or maybe it's the other way around), travels the world getting in and out of many a hairy scrape with aplomb.

    With his amiable 'come what may' attitude you can't help but be engaged with his travails and adventures.

    An easy amusing book that will wish you were as spritely of mind at his age.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • josephine
    motherwell, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "An excellent listen"

    This book is a long way from my usual listen, but is by far the best book I've listened to this year. The story is only just plausible, but is roll on the floor hilarious!!! All I can say is I hope I meet an elephant when I'm 100 years old!!!

    I can't recommend it highly enough... I've told everyone I know to buy this book, put quite simply, it's brilliant

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • parsley
    Wales
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "engaging characters"

    I thought this was very original book, full of antiheroes and engaging characters. The story weaves around the life of the main character (the unassuming hundred-year-old man) back and forth through the course of his lifetime so that the unlikeliest of coincidences are completely convincing. The narration fits perfectly with the style of the tale. This is an audiobook that will stand repeat listening over and over again, definitely one of my favourites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    North Tawton, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "A little contrived but very fun."

    A very gentle and evenly-paced book that tells the story of, probably, the most incredible man on Earth (in both senses of the word "incredible"). A fun book with it's tongue firmly in-cheek throughout.



    The narrator really brings the story alive and does justic to all manner of people.



    A good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • helen
    langport, United Kingdom
    4/12/13
    Overall
    "100 years enjoyed and ongoing"

    a delightful story which takes you across rulers and continents where our incredibly laid back and emotionally intelligent hero sails through close scrapes with history-making consequences. At the same time we enjoy a very funny present day adventure of this carefree 100 year old Swede

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • StephanieB
    LEATHERHEAD, United Kingdom
    4/12/13
    Overall
    "Laugh out loud funny!"

    I never wanted this book to end. Heart-warming, clever story with dry humour. A great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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